Ayoze Perez comes out with most pathetic excuse so far to excuse what has happened
Ayoze Perez has come up with a cracker ahead of the match against Watford on Saturday.
The Newcastle striker talking about criticism the current team have had and saying he understands this in a way, due to the fans having seen far better in the past.
Newcastle fans are often accused of being deluded but I do wonder if this should be aimed at some of our players instead.
I think at times they live in this bubble where reality passes them by, maybe a siege mentality ends up them only talking amongst themselves and coming up with strange conclusions.
The type of strange conclusion where Ayoze Perez thinks it is a good idea and justified to stick his fingers in his ears after scoring his first goal of the campaign, THREE months into the season, as though that has shows fans are wrong who have doubted/criticised him.
Ayoze Perez as talked about why things haven’t been great this season and came out with this bizarre reason: ‘It is now obviously a young group of players and that means sometimes mentally we make mistakes.’
Do the likes of Perez actually believe what they come out with, or think nobody will notice that there are gaping holes in such lame excuses?
This is the team which is likely to face Watford this afternoon:
This is not a young team!
This excuse/reason could maybe have been used in the last relegation season, when Mike Ashley and Graham Carr thought it was a great idea after just escaping relegation in 2014/15, to spend money on young inexperienced players from weaker leagues – with 20 year olds Mitrovic and Mbemba, 22 year old Thauvin and 24 year old Wijnaldum all recruited.
Back when that season kicked off, you also had Perez who was only 22, Dummett 24, Lascelles 21, Darlow 24, Aarons 19, Haidara 22, Then of course a 23 year old Jonjo Shelvey and 24 year old Andros Townsend were added halfway through that relegation season.
You did have the odd older player such as Coloccini and one or two others but on the whole it was a young team than could feasibly have their relative youth as a viable factor in the relegation.
That isn’t the case now, in fact it is pretty much the opposite.
The ‘young’ players likely to play today are 25 year old Yedlin who has over 50 caps for the USA and fellow 25 year olds, captain Jamaal Lascelles and Perez himself.
You can’t even claim that it is inexperience of the Premier League, as almost all of them have got years of PL experience behind them.
For Perez it is his fourth PL season, five for Dummett, five Fernandez, nine Diame, seven Shelvey, four Rondon and so on.
Even the squad players you have 29 year old Ki in his seventh PL season, 29 year old Ciaran Clark in his eighth, whilst even 24 year old Manquillo this is his fourth PL season.
In actual fact, amongst the relegation strugglers, Newcastle probably have the oldest and most experienced set of players with Premier League experience.
The Newcastle fans know the real reason(s) for struggling, the team just hasn’t got enough quality.
It isn’t age or not having enough seasons behind them, it is the fact that Mike Ashley has refused to allow the club’s money to be spent on players who have the (relative) star quality to carry some average players who could make up the rest of a team potentially fit for purpose.
Ayoze Perez talking to NUFC TV:
“We have had some criticism this season.
“This is a big club, a really big club, and obviously the people have been used to being in much better positions.
“But right now, we are where we are.
“We have got a squad with good players.
“We have obviously got quality enough to survive and that is what we have to fight for right now.
“I know we could be better….we have been really good years ago.
“But it is time to stick together and fight for survival.
“It is now obviously a young group of players and that means sometimes mentally we make mistakes.
“And in football, if you are not focused, you pay for it.”
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